In which TV is making me hate all the menz.
Or maybe it’s the “feminist agenda.”
Or maybe both.
So for the past few weeks I’ve been watching CW’s Arrow. Often I find myself asking why in the hell I’m even watching this show until John Barrowman’s flawless ass appears on screen and then I remember and resume watching with a smile.
To be honest I haven’t decided how I feel about the show. On the one hand it’s tackling some interesting concepts (even if rather sparsely) and it’s garnered my attention. The show has surprisingly called out issues of white privilege, classism, and the show actually has by my count 5 RECURRING BLACK CHARACTERS.
This is virtually unprecedented as most shows are subject to cancellation if you even attempt to include more than two.
Now granted most of the roles are subservient roles. The black people, save for my man Colin Salmon, have no stations and they are solely exist to support their white partners/best friends. Why Joanna is more invested Laurel’s love life than in her own is beyond me.
Anyway, I haven’t rendered a final judgment yet and I’ve been on the fence about the show and there hadn’t been any major blunders storytelling wise…….
Okay so on Arrow, Ollie has been running across roofs for the last few months, murdering mofos out of some twisted crusade of revenge/justice.
On one level I can respect his hustle. No due process, no arrests, mofos are simply getting got. All well and good.
A buddy of mine said it best, “ I was wondering if Arrow would capture Ollie’s true two-faced nature. Glad to see it has.”
Say what you will about Ollie’s duplicity, hypocrisy and misogyny. At least he’s consistent.
ETA: Also, if you haven’t already, read this excellent piece here.